Natural Targets: The Intergenerational Politics of Climate Change

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Humans are not built for long-term thinking. Our daily routines, our social lives­­––and especially our electoral cycles––are all geared towards the here and now. The immediate problem. The quick thrill.

Humans are also, though we’re reluctant to admit it, very frightened of change. It is largely for these two reasons that we have been so slow to act on the climate emergency, why talkback radio and ‘news entertainment’ programs are flooded with fools who, at the time of writing, are trying to convince their viewers that the COVID-19 outbreak is a left-wing conspiracy (isn’t the left too busy with their evil pizza parlours and war on Christmas?), and why, inevitably, the fault line in these debates will be generational.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationPearls and Irritations
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2022


  • Climate activism
  • Generational differences
  • political action


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